Ann Sarnoff Named New CEO of Warner Bros

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Ann Sarnoff, President of BBC Worldwide North America and Matt Forde, Executive Vice President, Conent Production, Sales and Distribution BBC Worldwide North America
68th Primetime Emmy Awards, Executive Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Sep 2016
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock (5899248dg) Ann Sarnoff, President of BBC Worldwide North America and Matt Forde, Executive Vice President, Conent Production, Sales and Distribution BBC Worldwide North America 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, Executive Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Sep 2016

For the first time in the history of Warner Bros. a woman will sit as the CEO table. Variety is reporting that BBC Studios Ann Sarnoff will assume the CEO position that was vacated earlier this year by former CEO Kevin Tsujihara. She will work under WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey and will report for duty starting later this summer.

“I am delighted Ann is joining the WarnerMedia team and excited to work side by side with such a talented and accomplished individual. She brings a consistent and proven track record of innovation, creativity and business results to lead an incredibly successful studio to its next chapter of growth,” said Stankey. “Ann has shown the ability to innovate and grow revenues and has embraced the evolution taking place in our industry. I am confident she will be a great cultural fit for WarnerMedia and that our employees will embrace her leadership, enthusiasm and passion for our business.”

After the merger of AT&T and Warner Bros there have been questions about the companies plans which seems to be getting their streaming app up and running. Fan of the DC property are already asking themselves what this hire will mean for the direction of the franchise which is currently overseen by Walter Hamada. The current DC slate will proceed as planned and I am sure Ann will evaluate all projects and the future of the WB slate going into the next year.